Stretches for working moms-to-be
Whether yours is a desk job or you’re on your feet all day, there are a few easy moves to make your workday more comfortable.
- Tootsie twirl. Bring your feet up under your desk so your knees are straight and your toes are pointing straight up. Now make circles with your feet, clockwise and counterclockwise. This is a great exercise for easing swollen feet and ankles.
- Calf stretches. Still seated at your desk, place your feet flat on the floor. Now raise your toes and hold the stretch for a count of 10. Then, with your feet flat on the floor, raise your heels as high as you can and hold for a count of 10.
- Bottom crunches. While seated, contract the muscles in your buttocks so you feel them bunch. Hold for a count of six. Repeat as many times as you like.
- Kegels. Contract the muscles around your vagina as though you were stopping a stream of urine. Hold for a count of eight. Do this pelvic exercise in sets of 10 throughout the day.
Back pain relief
If your back is in pain, try using a small, firm pillow or a lumbar support at your desk. Wedged into the small of your back, it can help support those tired muscles that are being strained by your growing tummy.
Put your feet up every chance you get. If possible, recline so they’re at a level higher than your heart. Wear support hose, which can help prevent varicose veins. Change your shoes halfway through your shift—say, from sneakers to athletic sandals—to give your feet a refreshing break.